by Nathan Empsall, Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 10:43:35 AM EST
As conservative Americans go, I'm rather fond of
Governor Fox News host Mike Huckabee. There's no way I'd ever vote for him, but as I Tweeted the other day, "He doesn't have a good grasp of public policy, but I do think he has keen insight into day-to-day life, human psyche, & spiritual desires... He also has a deep and sincere respect for all Americans, regardless of whether or not they share his politics."
Mike Huckabee, the former Republican governor from Arkansas who has his own Fox show told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" that a 2012 presidential bid is "less than likely" and depends on whether Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, keeps liking his show.
"The reason I wouldn't is that this Fox gig I've got is really wonderful, " he said, talking about whether or not he would get in the race given that he is a GOP front runner according to most recent polls. "Jumping into the pool, you gottta make sure there is some water in it."
Remember The Onion's headline from November 5, 2008? "Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job". That black man is now trying to juggle Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, new fiscal regulations, job creation, health insurance reform, climate change, and perhaps most importantly, a young family. To do the job properly, to avoid burning out, you've got to want it; you've got to have what Bob Graham used to call the "fire in the belly". You can't "settle" for being Commander in Chief just because you didn't get the job you really wanted. The Presidency is not "Miss Congeniality".
If Huckabee's feelings don't change and he does indeed stay on the sidelines in 2012, than great, at least there'll be one quasi-sane voice on the nation's most-watched cable pundit channel. If, however, he changes his mind and asks the nation for permission to run five military branches, numerous intelligence agencies, and 15 Cabinet departments, let's be sure we remember to remind voters and reporters that he's just settling and that the gig wasn't his first choice.